The New Bedford Bicycle Committee ( www.nbbc.org ), met at the shop last night for a memorial 11 mile ride organized by Darrin Ramos. We had 8 brave souls show up and with Kim driving the YESTERYEAR Cyclery “Please Don’t kick Me ” van we totalled 9 people. The ride was exactly 11 miles long ( 5.5 each way ) so the numbers worked out pretty cool. The club made great time averaging 12 miles per hour on city streets with lots of red lights. We arrived at the Acushnet 911 memorial, located on the lawn in front of the fire station on Main St. They were in the middle of their 4th annual dedication ceremony. It was GREAT. Lots of accolades to all the fallen heros both civilian and pubic servants. Then 5 beautiful young ladies got uo and sang the national anthem and got a huge round of applause. After they finished, the speaker recognized the group from “Yesteryear” who had made the vigil there and ridden 11 miles to commemorate the occasion and WE got a big round of applause and taps on the back. They then announced that it was sunset and the flag which had been flying at half mast all day would now be raised. We all turned and watched as a fireman raised the flag to full staff. It was very patriotic and touching. After some schmoosing we gathered up and trekked back to YY. A few of the “guys” hung out for some liquid refreshments at the shop and we all talked “bike”.
It was a great night and lots of fun. Please join us on future rides… we have a blast., everyone is very low-key, and easy going. No hotshots or show offs. we ride short easy rides with no pressure. Very family oriented and Kim always drives the “sag” wagon on the rear to warn traffic of bikes ahead and make sure all bikes are running well. YOu can see our schedule rides in many cyber-places:
www.nbbc.org www.yesterryearcyclery.com Facebook ( yesteryear cyclery / New Bedford Bicycle Committee )
Very often people come by the store with 1,2 or even more old “beaters” they’ve taken out of the garage or cellar and ask to trade them in for a new bike. We have very strict guidelines in the used bike department regarding condition, brand/make and overall quality of a bike we take in trade. we try to be diplomatic if someone “pushes” in an old Walmart clunker with warped wheels and broken cables, covered in rust and ask… “How about a hundred for my Betsy here? “.
Well we have partnered up with Bob Cormier from “Gifts to Give”, a local philanthropic organization and act as a middle man to funnel these less than perfect used bikes to a great cause… ( see picture ). If the bike needs mild to moderate attention, we will repair and tune it up so that its a safe bike, sometimes using used parts or new ones and then donate it. If the bike is a bit better and requires little or no work, we tag it as a G.T.G. bike, put a price on it and sell it as such. We then take that money and either donate it directly to GTG or use some of it to pay for new parts used to repair others. All our labor to refurbish any of these bikes is donated and done by our mechanics on their own time. If a bike is just a “total loss” we then stockpile them and bring them to a local scrap yard and sell them for weight.
So if you’ve got an old klunker you want to get rid of… PLEASE feel free to bring it by and donate it to Gifts to Give so that someone less fortunate than us can benefit. It makes you feel good and doesn’t cost a dime. THANKS !
NB Bike Events
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 6-7:30pm
AHA! Kids Rule – Bike Clinic
Wings Court, Union St., NB, MA
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 6-7:30pm
NB Bike Public Meeting
Buzzards Bay Coalition
114 Front St., New Bedford, MA
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 5:45pm
NB Bike Group Ride
Other Local Events
Saturday, July 26 | 7:00am
Bike Mass Summer Century
& Family Event
Saturday, September 6 | 10:00am
“Bike the Bay Summer Series”
Fort Taber, New Bedford, MA
Here is the latest Massachusetts Police Training Video about bike safety, regulations, etc…take a look and know the laws:
We are members of the New Bedford Bicycle Committee ( You should join…. www.nbbike.org ) and recently we have heard some complaints from folks concerning cyclists observing the rules of the road. Specifically, riding the wrong way on “one way” streets. This is dangerous because drivers, pedestrians, and even other cyclists crossing or turning onto these streets tend to only check where traffic should be coming from.
Remember, “[cyclists] must obey all traffic laws and regulations of the Commonwealth.” This also means no texting while riding.
These laws are in place for your protection, as well as those around you. Please practice safe cycling.
FROM THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN CYCLISTS’ RULEBOOK…
The League’s five “Rules of the Road” are the core of the Smart Cycling program and will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding.
FOLLOW THE LAW
Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
Please click on the link below to learn about bikes and bike law in the Commonwealth of Mass.
BE AWARE…. BE SAFE !!!
Here is a very interesting article I read recently on Facebook published by Treehugger.com…. Please click on the link and read this very interesting article on bike routes in cities.